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After Cookin’ Mama disbanded, Drummer/Percussionist/Guitarist/Songwriter Preston Thrall spent the next 20 years performing and recording with the "Robert Berry Band," "The Six O’clock News," "New Frontier," and others. In 1991 Pres began working with local Bay Area band, "The Alameda All Stars."  And in that same year, he grabbed the gig as Gregg Allman’s drummer in “Gregg Allman & Friends.” During his time with GAF, Preston recorded tracks with legendary producer Tom Dowd on Gregg’s solo album, “Searching For Simplicity” (Sony – 1997).  And he toured all over the USA and in parts of Canada, as well as doing a 4 weeks tour to Japan in 1997 to promote “Searching For Simplicity.” Preston toured and recorded with Gregg for 9 years. 2007 – Pres and The Alameda All Stars backed up keyboardist Brian Auger at the “40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love” held at Speedway Meadows in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 2009 – Two years later, he returned to Speedway Meadows to perform at “West Fest.” – which celebrated the “40th Anniversary of Woodstock.”  On that day, Preston and the All Stars backed up both Leslie West from Mountain, and Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Paul McCartney’s touring band. Preston has also performed onstage as a backup musician with Eddie Money, John Lee Hooker, Dickey Betts, Roy Rogers, Jimmy Hall, Warren Haynes,  Brad Gillis, Russ Kunkle, Maria Muldaur, Joe Satriani, Harvey Mandel, Lonnie Mack, Alan Woody, David and Linda LaFlamme, Norman Greenbaum, Norton Buffalo, Lester Chambers, Terry Haggerty, Floyd Miles, Barry'The Fish" Melton, Dickie Peterson, as well as a host of others. And, in 2020, Pres scored the drummer’s slot for the storied local SF Bay Area band “It’s a Beautiful Day” - featuring David & Linda LaFlamme. In 2023, Preston retired from The Alameda All Stars to pursue that project and other musical interests. Nonetheless, after 31 glorious years of performing with The AAS - and as a true, valued and longtime member of the The Alameda All Stars alumni association - Pres still comes by to sit in with the band.


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